Property Disposition Committee meets to recommend bids

The City of Amsterdam’s Property Disposition Committee met Monday morning to decide which bidders to recommend approximately 28 city-owned properties should be awarded to. The properties are among those recently foreclosed on, but were agreed on by the common council in June to be sold directly to bidders rather than at auction.

According to Chad Majewski, alderman and housing and codes committee chair, the meeting was attended by himself, Mayor Michael Villa, Fire Chief Michael Whitty, Housing Inspector Wilkie Platt, Corporation Counsel William Lorman, and Controller Matt Agresta.

“I was pleasantly surprised with some of the numbers that people bid on some of the properties, there were some pretty good numbers,” said Majewski.

He said the majority of properties were recommended to be awarded, and a few counter offers were also proposed. Not all bidders have been notified yet, and the final decision on who to award the bids to will be made by the common council.

The council planned in July to vote on the bids at this evening’s meeting. Majewski said he wasn’t sure if the vote would take place today or not, however Controller Matt Agresta said yesterday that the vote will take place.

On tonight’s agenda, council members will also vote on whether to take three more properties off the auction list. Majewski said that buyers have shown interest in properties on Brand Place, Edward Street, and James Street. The properties will be advertised publicly, and a period of time will be given for buyers to submit bids.

Agresta said this morning that the contract with, a partnership between Haroff Auction and Realty and Absolute Auctions and Realty, that had been previously approved by the council, has now been signed by the mayor. However no date for the auction has been set yet.

Tim Becker

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